All the students attend one of the Island Innovation Federation (IFF) Colleges- Carisbrooke College, Medina College or VI Form College.
With Solo as one of the colleges’ supporters, as well as the grounds around Medina used for the Festival, perhaps this is no surprise. All the projects link into the students’ usual studies and form part of the national curriculum.
Students who study English and photography who want to be involved in journalism will try to link with the County Press to do interviews, photographs and articles from the festival to make up a Medina Magazine. These studies can dovetail with other projects where pupils are interviewing people and it is hoped that there will be a published outcome.
Another project hopes to document and record interesting aspects of the Festival with students having a brief that links directly to their A Level portfolios. Last year students exhibited their photographic responses at Dimbola Museum and Galleries at Freshwater Bay for 3months.
Project three involves Geography and languages. Using a map, students will ask the visitors to say where they have come from. They will interview any visitors from Spain, France, Germany or Italy and record their responses. From past experience the map board is very popular with visitors and there is a great deal of interaction between the students and visitors about where they come from and how they have travelled to the festival. After the event the recordings are very valuable listening resources for GCSE students in particular, as students are able to listen to native speakers using the language. Teachers then devise GCSE style listening activities around this.
As well as these projects a number of bands and the Medina Ukulele Orchestra will be playing at the Festival and there has been a Design a T shirt competition which was one by VI Form Student Ebony Davies. As well as this design competition the Ukulele Orchestra members will wear a special T shirt. (pictured) Look out for them in the Quay Arts organised Kashmir Cafe and other stages.
Other IIF bands playing on various stages and venues are: Hipshaker – Red Herring, Intoxicated Tea Rooms – Acoustic acts and Saucerful of Secrets – Medina Ukulele Orchestra and Acoustic acts.
In addition there has been a science project that is looking at the effects of sound and sound safety for the festival goer. Medina College have developed a highly-sophisticated sampling and data-handling procedure to calculate the overall carbon footprint of Festival-goers’ travel options. Travel is easily the Festival’s largest environmental consequence and needs to be thought about when such an event is planned.
On the Saturday and Sunday of the festival students and staff would undertake a comprehensive survey of festival-goers. Using a ‘Where Have We Come From?’ pin-board featuring the UK, Europe and the Rest of the World displays and festival goers would be asked a few simple questions about their travel.
Report thanks to Alan and Suzanne Whitewood